It amazes me how often Sprint Retro’s are seen as a nice to have or added extra. When deadlines are tight or things are getting frantic it seems that the retro often faces the cut. I’ve certainly been guilty of it in the past, but I’ve found them invaluable many times over and would urge anyone to give them another try.
Retro’s form a vital component of the adaptation principle in Scrum. To constantly adapt and improve you need to know the issues. A note for the all-knowing PM’s out there; don’t fall into the trap of thinking you know what’s wrong. This is not another opportunity for you to re-enforce your message. Take a step back and listen to the team, you will be surprised with not only the items they raise but the solutions they come up with. [Read more…]